magazine 23 Feb 2017

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Investors are fascinated by house prices and the wider property sector remains a regular hot spot to park cash. In this week’s Shares we come at the sector from several different angles: housebuilders, disruptive digital estate agents, commercial, specialist funds and more. We also ask if Marmite-to-PG Tips owner Unilever is worth buying now Kraft Heinz has given up, discuss why Inmarsat faces a payout freeze and why dividends are edging nearer for RBS. We speak exclusively to the boss of remote meetings platform LoopUp in the wake of Amazon Chime’s launch, explain how to make a decent return in peer-to-peer lending, while the ed reveals what’s behind huge dividend hikes across the mining sector. Plus there’s loads of other interesting features, company news, our best investment ideas, market stats and much more.

How the platforms work, how much you can earn and the risks to consider

Response to solid results feels overdone at Coke bottler

Yield still worth the risk despite growth threat

FTSE 100 leisure group continues to put money in investors’ pockets

One-off items hit the bottom line

W&G sale u-turn could speed-up shareholder payments

Big downgrades for housebuilder as interim boss takes kitchen sink approach

Brace yourself for possible large cut to the dividend at forthcoming results

Attempted Kraft Heinz grab highlights packaged goods giant’s attractions

Share purchase by fit-out firm’s chairman points to recovery potential

Newly-floated Xafinity ticks many of the right boxes we desire in a good investment

Israeli Air Force bureaucrats cause delays

EG Solutions rallies on sales momentum

Market starts to cotton on to company’s value creation potential

Here’s why we think the drinks distributor won’t be damaged by Tesco’s new competitive threat

Liontrust fund manager reveals how he picks European winners

Act now as the rules could change in the near future

Heightened market volatility theoretically favours stock pickers over passive investing

BHP’s 150% dividend hike is the latest example... what’s going on?!

Fishing specialist selling more through its website

37%

Three punching above its UK spectrum data weight

Defence firm extends miserable streak

Miner's income disappears following change to commodity price assumptions

Unilever is not the only stock to have failed to be wedded to a corporate suitor this year

Remote meetings business puts quality experience above all else

Turnaround and connected cars hold recovery keys

More details anticipated on $69m US deal

Investors will be looking for update on first quarter performance

Investors are racing to take part in venture capital trust (VCT) offers

Now is the time to buy this oil and gas laggard

Profit breakthrough nears at premium drinks business

Failure to hit full year production guidance wouldn't be a major issue

Niche building products play enjoys deals momentum